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Grateful Dead Live at Orpheum Theatre on 1976-07-16


Topics Jay Ashley


Set 1

Cold Rain And Snow % Cassidy
Deal % Mama Tried % Row Jimmy % Big River % Brown Eyed Women % Looks Like Rain % Peggy-O
The Music Never Stopped ->
Scarlet Begonias

Set 2

Playing In The Band ->
Stronger Than Dirt Or Milkin' The Turkey ->
Cosmic Charlie
Samson And Delilah
Spanish Jam ->
Drums ->
The Wheel ->
Space Jam ->
Playing In The Band Reprise ->
Around And Around % High Time % Sugar Magnolia

Encore
U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date July 16, 1976
Venue Orpheum Theatre
Location San Francisco, CA

Source AUD : MC (FOBalcony SonyECM-180 > SonyTC-152 taped by Bob Menke using Rob Bertrando's mics - Front of Balcony) > R > DAT
Lineage DAW (Bertha by Jay Ashley) > CD > EAC > SHN
Taped by Bob Menke
Transferred by Remastered by jashley@deadacated.com


Notes

Notes:
Recorded by Rob Bertrando from the front of the balcony.
Digitally remastered by jashley@deadacated.com on April 14, 2001, using a
DAW nicknamed Bertha.

Reviews

Reviewer: koc8349 - - July 16, 2010
Subject: Rockin'
Alright I wasn't read that this was Haight & Ashbury crowd, but wow just wow they would've annoyed the crap out of me... I would have been the guy shouting "play anything!"
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - - September 27, 2008
Subject: Bertrando_Menke_Ashley
Download this version. This is a show you could listen to over and over, guaranteed!

It may take you a little while for your ears to self EQ. Such was the case for me with this illustrious gem. Within moments I realized:

Here we have quite a marvey representation of that evening in the front row of the balcony.

The SF Orpheum is a small venue for 1976 Dead. At the time of this show the former movie palace held maybe 2500. Front row of the balcony + relatively close to stage = prime seats and prime recording location.

So, given all that, how could you go wrong with Rob Bertando's wonderfully sensitive Sony TC-152's, or Bob Menke's Sony ECM-180 front of the board audience recording?

Within 5 songs, the front of house mix improves and Ashley's remastering draws out the definition in the bass of a dazzling audience recording by Bob using Rob's mikes.

How can you go wrong?

Jerry on his Travis Bean and you can plainly hear Weir on rhythm and Keith on Piano and the drummers. Tidy separation of instruments to vocals.

The bass is somewhat undefined initially in certain lower frequencies until the front of house mix finally takes over. From then on the bass is pure joy.

The vocals are very sweet.

My hat is off to Menke and Bertrando and Ashley. Thanks, lads.

Oh, yeah, and the Archives.

Oh, and the Grateful Dead were pretty good that night, too. Cosmic Charlie how do you do?

Amazing!
Reviewer: SkyDawg - - April 23, 2008
Subject: Walk In The Sunshine!!
These are the words you hear at the beginning of this fine audience recording. What you get is not the never played Bob Weir tune "Walk In The Sunshine". Instead you get a very enjoyable audience recording of the Dead during the Bicentennial Summer of 1976.
Fresh from the embarrassment of the "Steal Your Face" LP release a week or 2 earlier the Dead play a smoking series of shows for their San Francisco homecoming at The Orpheum Theatre. This run of shows are among the best ever played and this recording reflects the connection the Dead had playing for their hometown audience. Solid if not spectacular performances here and the sound quality is top notch.
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